The answer: Both are killers. And for both, early detection is key.
- Eight Canadians die every week from fires, with residential fires accounting for 73 per cent of these fatalities. Sadly, many of these deaths could be prevented with proper placement and replacement of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers.
- Cooking is the leading cause of house fires in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Other common causes include electrical equipment, smoking and candles.
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Ontario Fire Statistics (Statistics are from the Office of the Fire Marshall, Ontario)
- On average, Ontario has 96 fire deaths per year and 840 injuries caused by fire
- Cooking is the number one cause of fire injury in Ontario
- Other common causes of Ontario fires are cigarettes, candles and electrical equipment
- On average, 71 per cent of structures lost in Ontario fires are residential
Very scary facts!
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